Why should I see a psychologist?

In these unprecedented times we’re all trying to adjust to a ‘new normal,’ and these adjustments can impact our mental health. The prevalence of stress - and distress - born from uncertainty is well documented. Many wait until they are at ‘breaking point’ before accessing a psychologist’s services. It’s our collective responsibility to remove the stigma around seeking support from a psychologist, and mental health disorders.

While the process of obtaining psychological support is tailored to each individual, common reasons people seek support include:  

  • Lack of direction
  • Assessments and ongoing interventions around social, educational or occupational difficulties
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Memory or cognitive concerns
  • Mood or behaviour problems
  • Grief and loss

Psychological services offer a safe space to receive clinical advice from an expert as you work toward your mental health and wellbeing goals. The Better Health Generation provides a variety of support including individual assessments and interventions, group programs and workplace programs delivered via face-to-face and digital platforms. Receiving psychological support produces a plethora of positive outcomes, including:

  • A better understanding of the presenting problem and how to manage it
  • Improved/strengthened coping responses
  • Effective problem solving and decision making 
  • Insights into the link between thinking, feeling and behaviour
  • Development of strategies that break unhealthy cycles
  • Self-efficacy and confidence 
  • Clarity about values and goals
  • Effective skills in managing distress
  • Improved communication with others

Psychologists work in many settings including private practice, community agencies, hospitals, aged care facilities, schools and correctional facilities. To access a psychologist, we recommend speaking with your GP. You can find psychologists near you by searching online or via location tools such as the APS Find a Psychologist Service and Health Direct Service Finder (Psychology). You may have access to a psychologist through your workplace under an Employee Assistance Program. 

Like most health or stress problems, the earlier you seek intervention the better. Mental and emotional health problems are part of the overall wellbeing spectrum - start a conversation today, and receive the support you need.